Word-happy Americans anointed their choice of this year`s most representative word/phrase/term on Jan.6, when the American Dialect Society held its 21st annual Word of the Year vote.
AMERICAN DIALECT SOCIETY VOTE TALLIES
WORD OF THE YEAR
occupy – verb, noun, and combining form referring to the Occupy protest movement.
FOMO – acronym for "Fear of Missing Out," describing anxiety over being inundated by information on social media.
the 99%, 99 percenters – those held to be at a financial or political disadvantage to the top moneymakers, the one-percenters.
humblebrag – expression of false humility, especially by celebrities on Twitter.
job creator – a member of the top one-percent of moneymakers
Mellencamp – a woman who has aged out of being a "cougar" (after John Cougar Mellencamp).
bunga bunga – name for sex parties allegedly involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
kardash – unit of measurement consisting of 72 days, after the short-lived marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries (coined by Weird Al Yankovic).
put a bird on it – to add artistic flair to something, usu. used ironically or humorously.
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